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1933 R333 DeLong Gum Complete PSA-Graded Set Minus 2 (22/24): #5 PSA Set Registry!
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $14,100
Extremely attractive high-grade near-complete set of 1933 DeLong Gum (22 of the 24 cards in the set, missing only #8 Cuyler and 16 Warneke), one of the most elusive of all 1930s issues, entirely graded and encapsulated by PSA, highlighted by numerous Hall of Famers grading EX, EX-MT, and NM, and a particularly attractive example of key card #7 Lou Gehrig ("Authentic"). DeLongs have always held a special place in the hearts of collectors. The small size of the set, their relative rarity compared to most others card sets of the era, their unique dimensions and design, and their status as a "one-year issue" all combine to give DeLongs a mystique among serious collectors. The average PSA grade is 4.71. This set is listed on the PSA Set Registry under "REA Spring 2009" as the fifth-highest graded set. The PSA grades are as follows: Two NM 7: #14 Gomez (HOF, red is light in lower left, and a small area of red appears on reverse from being stacked wet on sheet below when printed, sharp card which would be a Mint card without these printing-related flaws) and 17 Martin. Seven EX-MT 6: #3 Melillo, 5 Gehringer (HOF, [MC], very thin left border), 6 Cochrane (HOF, EX-MT+ 6.5), 13 Maranville (HOF), 18, 19 Hafey (HOF), and 23 Grove (HOF, EX-MT+ 6.5). Eleven EX 5: #1 McManus, 2 Simmons (HOF), 9, 10 O'Doul, 11 Lindstrom (HOF), 12 Traynor (HOF), 15, 20, 21 Foxx (HOF), 22 Klein (HOF), and 24 Goslin (HOF, EX+ 5.5, last card in set). One VG-EX 4: #4 Terry (HOF, [MC], very thin right border). One Authentic: #7 Gehrig (HOF, encapsulated as authentic due to a virtually undetectable pencil-thin strip of recoloring along the bottom of the black strip representing the outfield wall that crosses the top of Gehrig's socks, to the left of Gehrig's image; while it is unfortunate that it has this insignificant black-on-black line of ink, this is as minor and trivial as recoloring gets; it is otherwise in Ex-Mt condition; the card is bright and clean, with bold colors, perfect centering, and only the lightest, even wear on the corners; this is a great-looking card). REA submitted these cards to PSA for grading. Twenty of the twenty-two cards in this near-set grade EX 5 or better (two PSA 7, seven PSA 6, and eleven PSA 5). As is usually the case, vintage cards which are graded in the Ex to Nr/Mt range by PSA are usually extremely attractive cards with a fresh, crisp appearance. That is certainly the case with this near-complete set. This is a very clean and crisp group, including fourteen Hall of Famers, and missing only two cards for the completion of a very attractive high-grade set of these 1930s classics. The fact that the Gehrig is encapsulated only as "Authentic" (even though it looks like a PSA 6 EX-MT example) certainly affects the value of this one card, but not its appearance, and may ironically be a great positive for potential bidders who would find the inclusion of a PSA 6 Gehrig to make the near-set prohibitively expensive. The SMR value for just 19 of the 22 cards (not including the two qualified cards, and one Authentic Gehrig) is $8,120. From the Charlie Conlon Collection. Total 22 cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$8,000. SOLD FOR $14,100
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